80 Days: A Look Back At All-American Alan Branch

With 80 days until the 2016 Michigan Football season, we recognize All-American and Super Bowl Champion, Alan Branch. The New Mexico native is one of the most successful players on the college and NFL level to wear the winged helmet. In high school, he was ranked as the nations 6th ranked player among defensive tackles.

Below are his playing highlights and achievements:


  • 57 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and nine sacks in 35 career games.
  • First interception and a fumble recovery against Ohio State on November 18, 2006.
  • Played both defensive tackle and defensive end.
  • Big factor on one of the best defenses in college football in 2006.
  • 2006 ESPN.com All-American Team.
  • 2006 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (coaches and media).


  • Was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 33rd overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
  • Won first Super Bowl on February 1, 2015, defeating his former team the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Re-signed with the Patriots on March 15, 2015, on a two-year deal.
  • Through 118 games in the NFL, he has 218 tackles, nine sacks, 4 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
  • Super Bowl Champion (XLIX)
    NFC Champion (2008)
    AFC Champion (2014
  • Career history by team; Arizona Cardinals (2007–2010), Seattle Seahawks (2011–2012), Buffalo Bills (2013), New England Patriots (2014–present)

Branch has become one of the most successful defensive players on the college and NFL level as a Michigan alumni.

Go Blue!

David Noe